Certis acquired the full rights for the agricultural use of Imazalil in 2006. Imazalil is a molecule of the imidazol group with unique characteristics. It is active on a wide range of fungal diseases, and is safe to numerous crops. Its tox and ecotox profile allowed the molecule to be the first one listed on EU annex I. It has also been positively evaluated by EPA in the USA and other crop protection registration agencies over the world.
The main current uses of Imazalil are in seed potatoes (under the brands Diabolo™ and Fungaflor®), to protect the tubers during storage against diseases such as Fusarium spp, Phoma spp and Helminthosporium solani, which damage their quality. Imazalil is also widely use as a seed treatment, mainly in barley, to protect the young plants against diseases of the Helminthosporium group (leaf stripe, net blotch).
With very low rates per hectare, Imazalil, used as a seed and tuber protectant, effectively reduces the disease pressure on the growing crop and is therefore a key tool for use in Integrated Pest Management systems. For this reason, Certis is now looking to extend the use of Imazalil on new crops and to exploit fully the potential of this interesting molecule.